Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson, a member of the 2012 4×100 meter relay team that won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, said Sunday that she tested positive for the stimulant oxliofrine at Jamaica’s national championships back in June.
For those who love track and field, today has been a frustrating day of bad news. Tyson Gay, American sprint champion and one of the biggest rivals to the almost unbeatable Usain Bolt, announced that he’d be pulling our of next month’s world championships because he had tested positive for a banned substance. Asafe Powell, one of the other top sprinters in Jamaica, tested positive for oxliofrine, too.
Simpson, in a statement to Reuters, spoke about her positive test:
I was notified on July 14, 2013 that my urine sample taken at the National Senior Championship, June 21, 2013 after the 100m finals returned a positive analytical finding for a stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine). As an athlete, I know I am responsible for whatever that goes into my body. I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system.
The 28-year-old Simpson also won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and captured a gold as part of Jamaica’s 4×100 relay team in 2004.